Discovery Sued Over All-American Muslim Show!
Auction house prevails in dispute over Jackson artifacts
Raines Feldman LLP wins a jury verdict after four week trial in Los Angeles Superior Court for celebrity auction house, Julien’s Auctions.
The auction house that had planned to sell more than 2,000 personal items from Neverland Ranch--until Michael Jackson abruptly sued to cancel the event-has won a jury verdict in a breach-of-contract case brought by a man who made online bids on 170 items. The verdict ended one of several lawsuits filed following Jackson's death on June 25, 2009. Another case brought by Jackson's estate, alleging trademark violations against the Heal the World Foundation, is scheduled to go to trial on April 19 in Los Angeles.
In March 2009, Jackson sued Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., to block the auction. Julien's settled that case and agreed to cancel the event, which originally had been planned to take place in April 2009, two months before Jackson died. On April 4, a jury in Los Angeles found for Julien's on claims brought by Richard LaPointe, a Canadian collector of music memorabilia.
"The theme of my closing was that this was a terrible waste of the court's resources and the jurors' time because nobody got hurt and he didn't lose any money," said Miles Feldman, a partner at Raines Feldman in Beverly Hills, who represents Julien's. "It's not like he paid for goods and didn't get them."
Visionaire Media, which was set up to create cross-cultural programming with shows like On the Road in America and Muslim Women, has filed a lawsuit against Discovery Communications, as they claim they stole an idea from them which ultimately became All-American Muslim, which aired on TLC!
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